Josh Emett

Josh Emett is a chef from New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Rata restaurant in Queenstown and restaurant chain Go-To Collection that includes Madam Woo and Hawker and Roll.[1] Emett worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, and has been a judge on MasterChef New Zealand.

Josh Emett
Born (1973-07-06) 6 July 1973 (age 46)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Culinary career

Early lifeEdit

Emett grew up on a farm outside of Hamilton, New Zealand. He completed his chef training at Waikato Polytechnic Catering School.


After finishing his studies Emett worked for a short time in Auckland, New Zealand at Cin Cin on the Quay before setting off overseas, where he worked at Coast restaurant in Mayfair, London, with Steven Terry.[2] His next move took him to Australia where he worked at one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded restaurants, Est Est Est under Donovan Cooke.[2]

In 1999 he headed to the South France, where he worked on luxury yachts. He then moved to London and made contact with Gordon Ramsay, whom Cooke had introduced him to. He went on to work with Ramsay for ten years at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay,Claridge’s and the Savoy Grill in London, and then overseas to New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne.[2]

In 2011 Emett left Gordon Ramsay Holdings and opened his first restaurant, Rata, in Queenstown with his business partner Fleur Caulton.[3] A few years later they opened Madam Woo, a casual Malaysian restaurant also in Queenstown. Its huge success has seen them open three more outposts since. In 2017 Emett’s team diversified and opened Hawker and Roll, a fast casual spin-off of Madam Woo which now has three sites across New Zealand.[4][5]

In 2013 Emett was appointed food director at Ostro, a stylish high end brasserie in Auckland’s Britomart district.[6] He continues to oversee the kitchen and menu today.

Brand AmbassadorEdit

Emett has been an ambassador for BMW since 2012 and Nespresso since 2017.[7][8] He is also the Strategic Advisor for food and beverage at Craggy Range.[9]

Television AppearancesEdit

Emett was a judge for five seasons of MasterChef New Zealandand a guest chef on MasterChef Australia.[10][11] He also appeared in season one of Chopped USA and on Hell’s Kitchen as a guest chef.[11]

StarChefs New York Rising Star, 2009 – Hotel Chef.[12]


Cut (2013), Penguin Random House

Josh’s Backyard BBQ (2014), Penguin Random House

The Recipe (2019), Rizzoli New York, Hardie Grant Australia, and Upstart Press.

Personal lifeEdit

Emett lives in Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Helen and two sons, Finn and Louis.


  1. ^ New Zealand chef: Josh Emett
  2. ^ a b c "Josh Emett's recipe for success". New Zealand Herald. 1 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Rata Dining".
  4. ^ "Hawker and Roll".
  5. ^ "Madam Woo".
  6. ^ "Ostro".
  7. ^ "Masterchef Christmas Edition".
  8. ^ "Nespresso Ambassador Josh Emett".
  9. ^ "Michelin star chef Casey McDonald joins Craggy Range".
  10. ^ "New Zealand chef: Josh Emett".
  11. ^ a b "The well-ordered world of Josh Emett". Stuff.
  12. ^ "Hotel Chef Josh Emett".

External linksEdit

·      Josh Emett on Instagram

·      Josh Emett on IMDb

·      How to Fillet a Rabbit with Josh Emett on YouTube

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